Archives for January 9th, 2002

POLICE INVITED TO COMMENT ON REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 January, 2002

The Government is seeking views from the police on how proposals to reform the Police Service can be delivered quickly and effectively.It is taking a reform roadshow to sites in Cardiff, London, Liverpool, Bristol, Guildford and Leicester initially, with possible further venues to follow.

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COUNCILS WIN MORE MONEY TO EASE HOSPITAL PROBLEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 January, 2002

Councils are coming up with innovative methods of reducing ‘bed-blocking’ – caused when patients are well enough not to need hospital treatment any longer, but not well enough to look after themselves in their own home.The news that many are on track to free up 1000 more beds by March of this year comes as the Government has announced the detail of its allocation of a further 200 million pounds to councils across the country, enabling further schemes to be set up.

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SUPERVISING PROFESSIONAL WORK UNDER NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 9 January, 2002

By Martin Kitchener, Ian Kirkpatrick and Richard WhippThis paper assesses the extent to which the new public management (NPM) project has succeeded in replacing the custodial mode of professional work supervision with a more bureaucratic approach. The paper conceptualizes the key components of each mode within two ideal types of professional work supervision. It then draws on findings from a study of local-authority social service departments to consider current arrangements against these ideal type configurations. The findings demonstrate that elements of the bureaucratic mode have emerged unevenly. So far, they have not displaced the emphasis that the supervisors of professional work place on protecting autonomy and limiting management control systems. This suggests that custodial approaches to the supervision of professional work may be more resilient than has been assumed within previous analyses of NPM

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